In the spirit if providing important information and also of goofing off when I should be doing housework, I present our new cabinet, grouped according to completely subjective categories regarding their particular brand of attractiveness.
Badass Broad Squad
Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women
Cheeks Of A Cherub
Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions
Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health
I’m Too Hot (Hot Damn)
Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism
Hon. Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Hon. Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Hon. Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources
Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Make A Dragon Wanna Retire, Man
Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade
Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Hon. Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board
Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
Hon. Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of Youth and Intergovernmental Affairs
Canada’s Liberal government has refused to back down in the face of growing criticism for having approved arms sales to Saudi Arabia that could help it wage war in Yemen.
A previous Conservative administration announced the US$12bn sale of light armoured vehicles in February 2014.
However, the Conservatives are now raising the alarm over the arms sale – believed to be the largest in Canadian history – while the New Democratic Party (NDP) accused the Liberals of misleading Canadians.
The Liberals have refused to cancel the sale since coming to power in November, saying it was a “done deal” that could not be broken off without possibly incurring significant penalties and job losses.
But documents released this week by the justice department in response to a lawsuit seeking to block the deal showed foreign minister Stéphane Dion signed crucial export permits only last Friday.
Canadian media published excerpts saying Dion was advised that the sale of the vehicles equipped with machine guns and anti-tank weapons would help Riyadh in its efforts at “countering instability in Yemen” and fighting the Islamic State.
In a retort to critics, Dion said Wednesday that similar weapons systems sold to Saudi Arabia since 1993 had been used responsibly.
“The best and updated information indicates that Saudi Arabia has not misused the equipment to violate human rights,” he told reporters. “Nor has the equipment been used in a manner contrary to the strategic interests of Canada and its allies.”
But Conservative MP Tony Clement said Canada’s export controls do not require firm evidence of breaches, only an assessment of a risk of abuse.
“If the preponderance of the evidence is that it could be used against civilian populations… then the deal has to be off,” he said.
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair joined the fray saying: “The government lied to Canadians about who signed what when in the Saudi arms deal, and that is a very serious matter.”
Fighting in Yemen has killed almost 6,300 people, half of them civilians, since Saudi Arabia launched its controversial intervention against Iranian-backed Huthi rebels in March last year, the World Health Organisation has said.